McCain takes shot at 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
December 2nd, 2010
01:44 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain takes shot at 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

(CNN) - Now is not the time to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. armed forces, Sen. John McCain said at a hearing Thursday.

"At this time, we should be inherently cautious about making any changes that would affect our military, and what changes we do make should be the product of careful and deliberate consideration," the Arizona Republican said at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. anagram_kid

    I wonder if McCain will let us know when the right time will be. The fact that the same person who chose the disaster known as Sarah Palin as his running mate is using the phrases ‘careful and deliberate consideration’ is just too ironic.

    December 2, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. sara

    I want to Know when is John McCain going to come out of the "closet"? Now he's flip-flopping" for political reasons. Hey Johnny Boy, a SOLDIER is a SOLDIER

    December 2, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Translation: "Please please please don't take this wedge issue from us yet...we need need need it. I know we're backed into a corner, so we desperately need this to be delayed until after we take over in January so we can just obstruct it and sweep it under the rug for another 2 years and, hopefully, take even more control in 2012 so we can just scrap the whole thing by fearmongering about our national security."

    December 2, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Jan

    This guy is just an angry old man who keeps changing his mind and opinion everyday to suit his political whim

    December 2, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Marcus

    Does anyone remember what was the 'last straw' that made Truman sign the desegregation back in 1947 (or 48, can't recall the year as of now)?
    A tip, black servicemen returning home after doing pristine and crystal clear services, with medals and other proofs of their value... meeting good ole Southern men who could not stand the fact that they were proven wrong...
    And the good ole men DID thought that their blatant disrespect for those who had served this country so well would be accepted by the rest of the country!
    Over sixty years later a new group of people who either served, are serving or wants to serve have, 'for the good of the Military Forces as a whole', their rights denied...

    December 2, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Marcus

    Mr. McCain, you were born back when such behavior against people who either served or wanted to serve in the Military forces was acceptable. It shouldn't have been but it was. MOST of the military forces don't want those days to come back or rather, that a similar situation to those days stays valid.

    December 2, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. ellie trent

    well a lot of people in my family have served in the united states military. i believe that the don't ask don't tell rule is a very good thing to have. i still believe that people should be able to be open about being gay because they should have the same rights as everyone else but if they can't, this rule is something great to have. no one questions the people who serve and they just keep it to themselves. i think that our society will eventually allow gay or lesbian marriages in most states but that is a different discussion.

    December 2, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Sorensen

    The old fart who by the way never shot an enemy or saved one of our own soldiers, should just go away before he
    starts embarrassing the USA around the world more than he already has.
    He should take the sweaty, old, "girly-man" McConnell with him!

    December 2, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Realistic

    McCain has lost his mind.First, he stated he wanted to wait for the review and he would support the review and its accommodation..Ok, review done and most are infavor of repeal. Now McCain says he doesn't buy the review and said he will not support it. WTF? Than he says he worries about the effect, review and most military will just go a long if its an order. Thats how the military works, orders are given and obeyed, period. There is no room for discussion or personal opinions when it comes to policy. Imagine this, who wants to go to war, raise your hands? No, its more like, we are being deployed, we are going into a combat area, you have your orders. You obey orders or people die, very simple. McCain needs to retire and spend time enjoying life and allow those who are mature enough to make all the important decisions.

    December 2, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. stevetall

    Time to retire, John. You are completely out of touch with America.

    December 2, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Now John, please stop talking about what might be good for the military and our country. You know that doesn't matter to the leftists trying to force this down everybodys throat. It's all about the politics and the votes Obozo expects to get in 2012 from one of the few remaining groups that support his leftist agenda. And if the military is hurt with this then all the better to the leftists who hate the military.

    December 2, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Howard

    Our military and defending America is way too vital of a subject to tamper with, in order to pass a social agenda for gays!!!

    December 2, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Lucas Breen

    It's a good thing there was no ban on adulterers when McCain was in the military.

    December 2, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Aww john give it up I don't know why your opinion is so important you were a POW big deal that means you got caught . My father has never been caught neither did my grandfathers so I don't think you are that great. Personally I believe if there was a death panel we should pull the plug on you smh. Old and crazy

    December 2, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. sammieb51

    All the problems we have right now - tax cuts, START treaty, budget approval – and the mighty McCain weighs in on DADT? Why are we bothering with this right now? Why is this such a discussion? He shul dbe more worried about whether START is signed so we can continue to supply our troops thru Russian territory.

    December 2, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |